Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 40 - 80 feet
Plant Spread: 20 - 40 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Taproot
Pollinators: Wind
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 19, 2013 9:35 PM

State tree of Washington.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 23, 2014 11:49 AM

Native in the Pacific NW. This is a very elegant tree with a characteristic droopy top, I've often trained my outdoor porch light on one when covered with snow for a magical effect. Although it has no relation to poison hemlock, the crushed needles have a similar smell. Heterophylla means different leaves, referring to the mix of different lengthed needles. Very shade tolerant, and will reseed itself prolifically, creating a dense stand of seedlings. Lives 200-400 years. May be grown as a timber crop (moderate growth rate), or for firewood. The pitch can be used in salves and ointments.

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